By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai has questioned the presence of the Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede as RG for 36 years while calling for Zimbabwe electoral Commissioners to resign for what they called the failure to hold credible elections for the past 15 years.
Tobaiwa Mudede has been Zimbabwe’s Registrar General since 1981 and his office has been in charge of Zimbabwe’s controversial elections with the opposition main opposition (in terms of parliament) MDC T questioning his role.
“The MDC is thoroughly disturbed by the role that Tobaiwa Mudede and his office still continue to play in the voter registration exercise. Tobaiwa Mudede has been the Registrar-General since 1981 and he is way past the civil service retirement age of 65” said the MDC in a statement.
The MDC-T suggested that by now Mudede should have resigned considering that he is past his retirement age.
“What boggles the mind is that the Zanu PF regime, particularly, President Robert Mugabe, has not seen it fit to retire him regardless of the fact that he is several years above the official retirement age for civil servants. The MDC strongly suspects that Tobaiwa Mudede has been doing a hatchet job for the Zanu PF regime when it comes to the rigging of elections” read the statement.
The opposition party also called for the electoral commissioners to resign and a new partial committee be put in place.
“The shadowy and CIO-linked secretariat that is presently working behind the scenes for ZEC should be immediately dismantled and disbanded. ZEC should actually commence a fresh and brand new national biometric voter registration exercise” they said.
The MDC T further said Zimbabwe could not afford having another disputed election in 2018.
“Zimbabwe can simply not afford the luxury of holding another disputed election in 2018.Without holding a free and fair election that is credible, it is virtually impossible to extricate Zimbabwe from the prevailing political turmoil and socio-economic collapse” said the statement.